Archive: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

The Pope's Meeting with Sex-Abuse Victims

I spoke with Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley about the pope's meeting with a small group of sex-abuse victims at the Vatican Embassy Thursday afternoon. He seemed very affected by it and said that he wasn't ready to talk about it except to say that it was prayerful and, he hoped,...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 17, 2008; 8:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Three Taken to Hospitals During Pope's Mass

District rescue workers responded to 37 calls for service this morning for the pope's mass, said Alan Etter, spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergncy Medical Services department. The majority of the people were treated on the scene for problems like scrapes after falling down, he said. However, three people...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Angling for a Glimpse

George Logusch, a 23-year old of graduate of Catholic University, came to the Law School lawn at the college at 8 a.m. today and secured a front row position to see Pope Benedict when he arrives for his 5 p.m. meeting with Catholic educators. Logusch graduated in May with a...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

'The Pinnacle of My Catholic Faith'

Those who attended the Pope's mass at Nationals Stadium are heading home. Scott Fartini, a 33-year-old seminarian from Roanoke, said taking part in the papal mass was more than special. It's been a difficult few years, he said, with the beating the church has taken over the sex abuse scandal...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (6)

Addressing Sexual Abuse Again

From reporter Jacqueline Salmon: For the third day in a row, the pope brought up the sexual-abuse crisis. This is a surprise. It had been expected that he would bring it up in his speech with the bishops yesterday, but he also discussed it on the flight over and he...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 17, 2008; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (20)

The Pope's Traffic

Taking a look at today's situation on the Metro and the area's roads, Dr. Gridlock has posted an update on this morning's traffic situation on his Get There blog. So far, it seems, things are under control despite the unusual morning volume and reroutings caused by the papal mass....

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

'I Will Be Very Close to the Pope'

The Metro system was swollen with people coming to the mass long before sunrise. Mark and Gayle Wozar and their sons, Michael and Andrew, rode in on the Green Line from College Park. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for my family," said Mark Wozar, a lifelong Catholic, who planned to...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crowd Pouring Toward Ballpark

By 8 a.m this morning, thousands of people were already pouring out of charter buses and the Navy Yard Metro station, heading toward Nationals Park. The scene was an unusaul mix of ballgame and pilgrimage: hawkers sold Papal flags, Pope buttons, Pope T-shirts and a seat cushion with praying hands...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 8:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Voices From the Street

Voices from the street as the pope made his way through the day yesterday: "This kind of chance only comes once in a lifetime. Even if it's just five seconds, if you saw him, you saw him. You were in his sight. You were right there with him. And no...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

God and Nationals Park

From reporter Jacqui L. Salmon I'm here at Nationals Park at 4:30 a.m. Quite a site. 300 red-jacketed ushers swarming the place. The stage and the field are in gold and white. 5,000 white seats are lined up, but the diamond has been cordoned off with white fencing and some...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 17, 2008; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (8)

Pontiff-Crazy at CUA

From reporter Susan Kinzie: No class today at Catholic University: All the more time to blog about the Pope. "The Pope at CUA," launched by staff at the student newspaper the Tower, has carried round-the-clock updates about the historic visit to the U.S. and the way their campus is going...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 16, 2008; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

A bit of a Miracle

From reporter William Wan: "When you go on a pilgrimage, you don't know what could happen," said Benjamin Merino, 50. "Anything's possible." With that in mind, he and 150 other mostly Hispanic parishioners from Houston, Tex., arrived along the pope's motorcade route on Pennsylvania Avenue with an entire arsenal of...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 16, 2008; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Such a Cute Pope'

Betsy Stabler, from Chevy Chase, stood in front of the British Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue this morning to see the pope when he returned to the Vatican Embassy after his visit to the White House. She had expected Benedict to move slowly up the road in his special car but...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 16, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pope's Comments at White House

At the White House this morning, Pope Benedict spoke of freedom being a "summons to personal responsiblity" in his brief remarks. He called for the "cultivation of virtue, self discipline, sacrifice for the common good." No mention of the Iraq war. He did say that America's concern for the "greater...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 16, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (14)

Students Greet Pope With 'Happy Birthday'

Pope Benedict XVI opened the doors of the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue this morning to a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" sung in German and English by 110 elementary students from nearby Annunciation Catholic School. "Wonderful. In German and in English," the pontiff said as he prepared for an...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 16, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

What Not to Bring to the Mass

Leave the banners proclaiming "Pope Benny ROCKS" at home...Here's a list from the Archdiocese of Washington of what you can't bring into the Nationals Park for the Thursday Mass: Metal, plastic or glass containers of any kind; backpacks and large bags; large flags or banners, poles and staffs, weapons and...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 16, 2008; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Great, but With Some Regrets

Here are some observations from my colleague, Daniela Deane, who watched the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI at Andrews Air Force Base today. More than 800 people -- clergy members, White House supporters and members of the military and their families -- crowded onto bleachers on the tarmac to cheer...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 15, 2008; 8:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

No More Tickets to See the Pope

If you aren't clutching a ticket to Thursday's papal Mass, the chances are, well, practically nil that you're going to get one at this late date. Mass tickets have been distributed to diocese and other Catholic organizations and given out. If you signed up for the archdiocese of Washington's online...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 15, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nationals Park Becomes a Church

Well, it looks like the pope won't be strolling down Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk when he enters Nationals Park to celebrate Mass on Thursday. As explained by Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl yesterday afternoon, the pontiff will enter the park via right field, and, at 9:30 a.m., do a...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 15, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Traffic Snarls Have Already Begun

The pope hasn't even arrived, but the traffic is already a mess in downtown D.C. A report from my colleague Daniela Deane, who is headed to Andrews Air Force Base for Benedict's arrival ceremony with President Bush: Some 300 American and foreign journalists were told to be at the Westin...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 15, 2008; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Join an Online Chat

Religion writer Michael Sean Winters will be online today at noon ET to discuss Vatican-U.S. relations, the role of Catholicism in the upcoming election and the political impact and motivations of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States this week. Submit your questions or comments before or during the...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 15, 2008; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Welcome' Pulled From Md. Buses

As reported by Ann Marimow on the Maryland Moment blog: Montgomery County officials today pulled plans to use hundreds of Ride On buses to greet Pope Benedict XVI, following concerns from a rider who questioned whether it was appropriate for a public entity to welcome a religious leader. The full...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 14, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Pope Speaks at St. Peter's

In this video, onlookers listen as Pope Benedict delivers a message in English about his trip to the United States. Video by Michelle Boorstein....

By David Marino-Nachison | April 14, 2008; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spruced-up and Ready to Go

I just came from a tour of the Vatican embassy in Northwest D.C., where Pope Benedict XVI will be staying. Nice digs, though a little musty inside. Outside, the pope will be greeted tomorrow as he arrives and departs by lucky parishioners from churches throughout the archdiocese, who were chosen...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 14, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pope's Greetings to U.S. from Rome

A dispatch from my colleague, Michelle Boorstein, who is in Rome: Hey America: Pope Benedict XVI mentioned you at his big weekly address at St. Peters piazza! Every Sunday at noon the pope gives a brief prayer and greeting to literally thousands of people who gather beneath the window of...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 14, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Satisfaction with Bishops Takes a Big Jump

The percentage of Catholics who are satisfied with the leadership of the U.S. bishops has jumped 14 percentage points to 72 percent since 2004, according to a study of American Catholics released Sunday. The report, by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, attributes the rising...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 14, 2008; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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